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Book Review for: Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Sweet Bean Paste was a perfect autumn read. It was sweet, profound and because it was based in Japan, you know it was cozy too, with all the trees, sweets and cherry blossoms and all.

What I absolutely loved the most about this book was the way it gave me a new definition on life and what it’s all about. We think we’re all on this earth to contribute something to it before we go, but what if that’s not the case? What if instead, we’re brought into this world only to appreciate all its beauty? The moon the clouds the rain the trees the sandy dunes the beaches the wind the chirping of birds… if we weren’t here, whoever would’ve appreciated them? The author Durian Sukegawa made me ponder on this a lot.

However, there are some points you should remember before you start reading this book: the first 50 percent of it would be more about knowing how to cook Sweet Bean Paste, and at many chapters you might feel drowsy with sleep like I had by 8 pm even if you take an afternoon nap in advance exclusively (when I said the environment of this book was cozy, I wasn’t lying) and it WILL get sad. It’s a book written by a Japanese writer – you cannot escape a heartache.

3.5/5 stars from me.

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